Archive for November 12th, 2007

Mary Mungo & Midge

Who remembers Mary Mungo & Midge? I certainly didn’t remember them until I came across this video on YouTube. The amazing thing is that as soon as I started watching it was like I had only seen it yesterday.

Mary Mungo & Midge was one of my favorites. I just looked at a whole lot of old British children’s TV and I think that what makes it so special is the room for imagination and fantasy that these programs created. What could be more excitinmg in the early 70s than riding the lift to get to your top-floor flat, riding on the Trumpton fire engine, lifting things by crane onto the Chigley train. All such harmless fun.


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Following up from my post last week in which I raised the question whether the artist needs to actually do the work to create his work of art in order to call it his own, I posted the question in this thread on WetCanvas. I got several answers there which helped me understand the question and its answer(s) a bit better.

I asked the question “When is it legitimate for an artist to get a craftsman to do the work for him and when must he do the work himself?” Some suggested answers are:

  • A work of art that the artist can specify to another craftsman exactly what to do, can be created by that other craftsman who is then just the executer of the artists work.
  • That would rule out most painting because you can’t specify every brushstroke, but it would include most sculpture, architecture and print-making.
  • It is generally accepted today that anything I choose to call art is art – which is a very post-modern concept. Therefore automated,¬†random or mechanised art production would not be considered to denigrate the artistic status of the work if I were to call it such. That’s unless you think post-modernism is c**p.

The idea of the specificability rule was an interesting insight.

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Free Rice

Free RiceSomeone sent me a link to Free Rice. Free Rice is a site where you play a simple vocabulary game and in exchange the advertisers on the bottom of each page donate money to the UN World Food Program. Sounds like one of these “send this email to all your friends and Microsoft/AOL or whoever will donate money to cancer research”? I suppose it does, only this one is for real.

It’s worth playing a game… or two.. or three.. or… Actually its quite addictive.

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